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This section provides a list of resources and information. Each resource has been classified according to the category heading.

LEAN can offer extensive help with monitoring and evaluation; there is also additional help on offer in the borough from the Community Services Directorate and Voluntary Action Lewisham who run occassional courses - check our Professional Development section for any current courses.

This document provides guidance on appropriate ways of documenting the impacts of arts for health and well being, whether through small scale project evaluations or large scale research studies. It suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.

A brief overview with links

Since 2012, Arts Council England have been working with a range of arts and cultural organisations, devising and testing a set of principles to underpin high quality work by, with and for children and young people. 

By Andreja Mesaric for  Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network  May 2013

Organisations across the UK are researching early years and the arts, here is a list of interesting projects, research and reports

An ongoing list compiled by LEAN research into early years and the arts

The infographics have been developed by bringing together a number of different existing datasets, to see what they tell us about the different areas of London.

Useful documents for anyone working with, or thinking of working with schools in the UK.

The Arts Council has published a new self-evaluation tool to help arts organisations evaluate their performance and plan for the future

Lewisham’s Sustainable Community Strategy

Demonstrating how the current focus on the EBacc - alongside plans for apprenticeships - are limiting the life chances of the next generation

An opportunity to meet with other practitioners and professionals in Early Years in Lewisham

Make a case for your creative project by using this new research complied by the Cultural Learning Alliance.

Following the launch of the much talked about Charity Digital Skills Report, which revealed that many UK charities are still struggling to get to grips with digital, Skills Platform and Zoe Amar Communications have launched the Charity Digital Toolkit.

The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales and they have created 'a straightforward framework of good practice which includes the relevant regulatory requirements'.

The Learning Exchange is a network for extra-curricular practitioners and other professionals working with children and young people. It aims to give practitioners an online space to share knowledge, discuss issues, and be inspired.

The Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is a partnership between all agencies, organisations and services in Lewisham with responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Information, guidance and tools that help schools design a curriculum can be found at National Curriculum online.

When working with schools, it is useful to understand how the school system in England works.

On cultural value in the UK

Theory of Change is used widely to think about impact, risks and bigger goals

When surveyed, 97% of small businesses claimed visual content is important to their marketing strategy. 'Images can be a great help in communicating your message, but it’s crucial it’s done right!' says the Technology Trust.

ArtWorks commissioned research into the perspective of employers, commissioners and hirers of artists working in participatory settings.